Ireland's biggest festival of craft beer returns to the RDS for a third year, expanding to a four-day event, beginning on Thursday 5th September and running through to Sunday 8th. The expansion of Ireland's beer scene is reflected in the line-up, with 22 Irish craft beer companies represented and over 100 beers available for tasting, including a large number of new and special editions. Expect new lagers from Whitewater and Trouble Brewing, the first barley wine from Carlow Brewing and a limited edition Amber Ale from Eight Degrees. Moonbeam from Metalman Brewing will be making its triumphant return for the autumn season and Galway Hooker will be debuting a coffee porter.
The festival will mark the first public appearance of Brú Brewery from Co. Meath. Other newcomers include Kinnegar, Donegal Brewing, Black's of Kinsale, Five Lamps, Galway Bay, JW Sweetman and Mountain Man. There will also be five artisan cider makers, two independent whiskey companies and a select range of imported beers. Accompaniment to the drinks will be provided by seven different food stalls and a sequence of live musical acts. Both the Ireland v. Sweden game on Friday and the hurling final on Sunday will be shown live.
There is no better opportunity in Dublin to meet Ireland's craft brewers and try Irish beers that can't be bought anywhere else. For complete information, see the festival website.
Beoir members get €5 off admission on production of a valid membership card.
The week beginning Sunday 1st September is Irish Craft Beer Week, culminating in the biggest annual celebration of Irish craft beer, the All-Ireland Beer and Cider Festival at the RDS from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September.
Farrington's pub in Dublin's Temple Bar will be hosting a number of events in the early part of the week. On Monday at 6pm the National Homebrew Club will talk about brewing your own; on Tuesday at 6pm it's the turn of Ireland's only qualified beer sommelier Phil Tavey to share his knowledge; while on the Wednesday evening at 7pm the subject turns to whiskey and Irish craft distilling.
Best of all, pints of Irish craft beer are on sale for €4.50 for the duration of the week.
Come along and say hi!
Black's Kinsale Craft Brewery is one of the newest arrivals on the rapidly growing Irish craft beer scene, founded by Beoir member Sam Black. So far one beer has been produced under the brand -- Kinsale Pale Ale -- which already has a medal under its belt, winning bronze at the recent Alltech Dublin Craft Cup. Sam is currently producing his beer at the Eight Degrees brewery but has plans to set up his own kit in the town of Kinsale itself, and that's where you step in.
To get things moving, Sam is seeking crowd funding via the IndieGoGo website. It's not the first time an Irish brewery has taken this approach to financing, White Gypsy ran something similar earlier this year via Linked Finance. While White Gypsy's scheme was more a call for investors seeking a monetary return, Kinsale's scheme on IndieGoGo is offering a range of unique and exclusive incentives for investors over a range of prices.
Just €5 will ensure your name is etched on the sponsor's wall in the brewery, while at the upper end €1,000 buys you your own personalised batch of beer: 200 bottles of your ideal brew, created under your supervision and personalised with your own label. In between there's a wide range of other items available, including t-shirts, brewery tours, tankards and three exclusive yet-to-be-brewed beers, a double IPA, black IPA and imperial stout, created in a strictly limited edition.
If you want to lend some direct support to Irish craft brewing, avail of exclusive one-off beers or just have your name recorded as one of the people behind this part of Ireland's beer revolution, check out the Kinsale Craft Brewery project at IndieGoGo before September 15th.
Update: Beoir is aiming to commission a special batch of custom beer from the new brewery. If you'd like to be one of the twenty people involved, pledge your support here.
A summary of some of the beer festivals coming up in late summer 2013.